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The Black Death Saga Continues …

Sadly, the life expectancy of the black man

In America…

May be a few seconds to a few minutes

After he encounters the unbridled callousness of some police officers

Who somehow believe that the execution, in their uniform, of the black man

Without affording that life, the benefit of the right to a fair trail or

To be adjudged guilty, let alone the right to live,

Before the immediate imposition of a death sentence,

Is theirs in wanton disregard to deliver, rather than to protect,

Like the white life  afforded all benefits in similar or worse circumstances.

Question  me not … black man, do not ask me why I want to arrest you

How dare you speak to me, who do you think you are, do not breathe,

Do not talk, you better not look me in the eyes

Be careful, your life is my hands and I will snuff it out

And will probably get away with killing you …

Alas in a few fleeting moments…

The tragic truth is that the black life ends…

 

YemilBenjoy ©

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BenJoy’s Opinion – Biased Coverage of Gun Violence by NBC

Calling a spade a spade…

NBC did not respond to my e-mail and thus I share my opinion with you…

Dear NBC,

It was disheartening this morning while watching Meet the Press to see the distasteful and stereotypical approach regarding the portrayal of violence and use of firearms. NBC elected to broadcast the clip whether it was made on a staff person’s private time or not. Additionally, it was disturbing to watch the host try to explain without success, why the coverage about gun violence, his show aired, was totally biased. What does it have to do with whether he has never being pulled over in his car by the police.

Unfortunately, yet again, the coverage cast in a most prejudiced manner, showed only black men incarcerated speaking about their regrets concerning the use of guns during the commission of crimes. The most ironical aspect of the clip, is that it was aired in the wake of a white man killing nine black people.

Although at a societal level, it is laudable to cover the conversion of criminals, but the question that NBC must answer and communicate to its viewing public is whether that coverage was balanced or another occassion perpetuating the skewed societal view that only black men are violent, are in jail and use guns when that is an absolute departure from the truth. Are their other races other than blacks in jail, do other races use guns and do other races commit crimes. NBC, the incontrovertible answer is yes.

Why would NBC show that clip without making sure that it was balanced. NBC should evaluate the essence of its role in covering and broadcasting topical and all issues. What does the freedom of press allow the press on this specific and other matters, NBC. Is it the right to distort the news or to communicate the facts as they exist.

Furthermore, how does this type of disdainful coverage further the memory of Tim Russet. Would the unbalanced nature of the clip have evaded his scrutiny and when Eugene Robinson immediately brought it to his attention, would he in a nonchalant manner have dismissed the obvious without an unequivocal apology. The attempts of the current host afterwards during the show to handle the error were patronizing and failed abysmally.

An immediate apology from NBC is required, not in a week when the next episode of Meet The Press is broadcast. Also, NBC should evaluate its editorial  processes.

June 21, 2015

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MLK Day – Beyond A Holiday

Martin Luther King Day…

Causes the world to pause, albeit it

For a moment, to recall the sordid horror of

The atrocities that were unconscionably and

Violently perpetuated against a segment

Of humanity, just because they were endowed

With a darker hue by the Creator of the entire universe.

Further, the observance of the day, yet brings to mind

Those other fallen heroes, along the arduous cause towards

Justice and dignity for all, and their individual and

Collective sacrifice on the blood-stained altar for equality.

Alas, the unvarnished realization is that the quest, still incomplete,

Must again, be fiercely populated with sustained courage

To confront the disdainful  scourge of discrimination

Wherever it seeks refuge or finds habitation, to expose it

For unequivocal condemnation and ultimate eradication.

Therefore, arise citizens of the world and in diligent measure

Commit to and embrace the legacy and essence of the holiday.

 

YemilBenjoy ©

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Justice For Trayvon

Should not have been as elusive as it has become

How can lady justice rest easy in the realization

That a young boy with the apparent promise

To live too, and likewise stand his ground to

Defend his precious life and the right to walk

Boldly to his father’s abode in the land of the free,

Such freedom, previously denied by shackles and ships,

Was gunned down before the prime of his short life…

With no remedy forthcoming for his cold body.

Yet, his choice of garment becomes a negative focal point,

And though racial connotations seem tragically minimized

They loom large in the quest for justice for more than the dead

For alas, justice for Trayvon is indeed justice for all.

Lest we all someday are subject to dreadfully wrong assumptions

Causing the fabric of society to disintegrate to the detriment of all.

Shoot us not merely because of the skin …

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